The Diocese of El Camino Real
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist is part of the Diocese of El Camino Real. Formed in 1980, the Diocese of El Camino Real stretches from Palo Alto to just south of San Luis Obispo. Once part of the Diocese of California, the congregations of El Camino Real are spread throughout five counties of San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey. Although the youngest diocese in California, El Camino Real’s Trinity Cathedral, in San Jose, is the oldest cathedral structure in the State of California. The diocesan offices are in Salinas.
Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves is the third Bishop of El Camino Real. She was ordained and consecrated on Nov 10, 2007 by our Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori along with twenty bishops from around the world. She is the first female Episcopal Diocesan Bishop in the state of California, and she is among five of the youngest bishops in the House of Bishops.
El Camino Real is named after the Spanish colonial royal road or Kings Highway from Mexico City to San Francisco. We are a diocese of 50 congregations, one upper school (York) two K-8 schools and nine preschools along the El Camino Real. The diocese worships in eight languages: Cantonese, English, Lakota, Laotian, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
The diocese is divided into three Deaneries. Deaneries are regional groupings of parishes in the diocese established per Canon 10 of the Diocesan Constitution and Canons. One of their functions is to elect regional representatives to various diocesan bodies. St. John’s is part of the Monterey Deanery. For more information, visit the Deanery’s website. For more information about the Diocese of El Camino Real, visit the Diocesan website.